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Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree Program

Complete your bachelor’s without disrupting your career.

  • Program Format

    Online with 8 credits on campus; weekend options available

  • Transfer Credits

    Up to 64

  • Tuition

    $2,100 per course

  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration open through August 29

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program is designed for working adults who wish to earn their degrees part time while they continue to advance in their professions.

Through the program, you will:

  • Build a well-rounded foundation in the liberal arts fields and focused subject areas, such as business, computer science, international relations, economics, and psychology.
  • Develop effective communication skills for academic and professional contexts.
  • Learn to think critically across a variety of subjects—fostering an informed, independent worldview.

Your Harvard Degree
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in Extension Studies

Program Benefits

  • Map with a flag.

    Customizable path, stackable certificates, & experiential learning

  • Teacher speaking to class.

    Instructors from Harvard College and industry professionals at the top of their fields

  • Two people talking at a table.

    Personalized academic & career advising

  • Lightbulb in a hand.

    Entrepreneurial opportunities through the Harvard Innovation Labs

  • Texbook.

    Paid research options

  • Graduation cap and diploma.

    Harvard Alumni Association membership upon graduation

Customizable Course Curriculum

Our curriculum is flexible in pace and customizable by design. You can study part time, choosing courses that fit your schedule and align with your career goals.

In the liberal arts degree program, you’ll experience the convenience of online learning and the immersive benefits of learning on campus. You can complete most of your courses online. For an immersive on-campus experience, you’ll complete 8 credits in person at Harvard. Two- or four-weekend options and short-term summer courses are available to fulfill this requirement.

To focus your studies, you will choose a concentration: humanities, science, or social sciences. You may further narrow your focus further by choosing a field of study or minor.


The path to your degree in liberal arts begins before you apply to the program.

You first register for and complete 3 degree courses, earning at least a B in each. These foundational courses are investments in your studies. They count toward your degree and help ensure success in the program.

To support your upfront investment costs, we reduced the tuition in a selection of these 3 courses to $1,000 each—a 50% reduction in our ordinary tuition costs. After admission, you may qualify for financial aid.

Next Start Term: Fall 2024

Enroll for your first admission course this fall. Course registration is open July 22–August 29.

To get started, explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Stackable Pathways

In your liberal arts degree program, you may decide to earn an undergraduate certificate along the way to your full degree. Options include certificates in:

If you decide you want to continue on to earn a master’s degree at Harvard Extension School, explore our accelerated joint-degree path.


Studying at Harvard Extension School means learning from the world’s best. Our instructors are renowned academics in a wide range of fields. They bring a genuine passion for teaching, with students giving our faculty an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.

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Our Community at a Glance

In the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program, you join a diverse student community of adult learners with years of full-time work experience, providing an enriching learning environment.

Download: Undergraduate Degree Fact Sheet

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 2

    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 63%

    Work Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 81%

    Degree Candidates with Transfer Credit

  • Most

    Earn Degree to Prepare for Graduate School

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Career Opportunities & Alumni Outcomes

Equipped with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, our ALB graduates are well-positioned to advance in a range of fields, including government, entertainment, financial services, and healthcare.

Roles held by recent graduates include: 

  • Management consultant
  • Director of data science
  • Director of communications
  • Senior multimedia designer

Alumni work at a variety of organizations, including:

  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • JP Morgan
  • Netflix
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Google
  • US Veterans Administration

Many of our alumni go on to earn master’s degrees and PhDs at other Harvard schools and top universities, including:

  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Boston University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan

Career Advising and Mentorship

Whatever your career goals, we’re here to support you. Harvard’s Mignone Center for Career Success offers career advising, employment opportunities, and Harvard alumni mentor connections.

Your Harvard University Degree

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum, you will receive your Harvard University degree — a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in Extension Studies.

Expand Your Connections: the Harvard Alumni Network

As a graduate, you’ll become a member of the worldwide Harvard Alumni Association (400,000+ members) and Harvard Extension Alumni Association (29,000+ members).

Ryan Christopher Jones.
Ultimately, I want to teach, I want to keep researching and I want to keep using photography to explore anthropological ideas and really bring those ideas to the public.
Ryan Christopher Jones
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in the field of Anthropology, '22

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $2,100 per course*
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $2,900 per course
Average Total Cost $33,600–$67,200

*Three of our recommended courses for admission cost $1,000 each.

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learn more about the cost of attendance.

Building Community

“Everyone along the way has been really understanding of having to balance a professional life with an academic life — and they’ve been extremely helpful in terms of fostering my creativity, curiosity, and ability to develop new knowledge.”

– Daniel M., degree candidate

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